refuse

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noun
ADJECTIVE
domestic, household (both esp. BrE)
human
… OF REFUSE
heap, pile
VERB + REFUSE
dump

People just dump their refuse in the street.

collect (esp. BrE)

Refuse is collected on Fridays.

REFUSE + NOUN
collection, disposal
collector (BrE)

I had a part-time job as a refuse collector.

dump, heap (esp. AmE)
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verb
ADVERB
absolutely, utterly
adamantly, obstinately, resolutely, staunchly (esp. AmE), steadfastly, stubbornly, vehemently
categorically, flatly, point-blank, simply

Gerard refused point-blank to cooperate.

explicitly (esp. AmE), pointedly

The demand for an apology was pointedly refused.

politely
consistently
repeatedly

The Court has repeatedly refused to bend on this point.

VERB + REFUSE
cannot

They made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

can hardly
be entitled to, have the right to

Workers should be entitled to refuse to work under these conditions.

be churlish to, seem churlish to (both BrE)

She offered them tea and it seemed churlish to refuse.

dare to

He didn't dare to refuse.

continue to
Refuse is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑authority, ↑court, ↑judge, ↑union
Refuse is used with these nouns as the object: ↑access, ↑admission, ↑admittance, ↑application, ↑approval, ↑assignment, ↑asylum, ↑authorization, ↑bail, ↑citizenship, ↑clearance, ↑communion, ↑compensation, ↑consent, ↑credit, ↑crown, ↑demand, ↑entry, ↑exemption, ↑funding, ↑help, ↑injunction, ↑invitation, ↑knighthood, ↑leave, ↑licence, ↑offer, ↑pardon, ↑participation, ↑passage, ↑patent, ↑payment, ↑permission, ↑recognition, ↑refund, ↑request, ↑sex, ↑shelter, ↑status, ↑treatment, ↑visa

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  • refuse — vb *decline, reject, repudiate, spurn Analogous words: *deny, gainsay: balk, baffle, *frustrate, thwart, foil: debar, *exclude, shut out refuse n Refuse, waste, rubbish, trash, debris, garbage, offal can all mean matter that is regarded as… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Refuse — Re*fuse (r?*f?z ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Refused} ( f?zd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Refusing}.] [F. refuser, either from (assumed) LL. refusare to refuse, v. freq. of L. refundere to pour back, give back, restore (see {Refund} to repay), or. fr. L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • refuse — UK US /rɪˈfjuːz/ verb [I or T] ► to say that you will not do or accept something: refuse an offer/request/invitation »The government proposes to cut unemployment benefits to those who refuse job offers. refuse sb sth »The company was forced to… …   Financial and business terms

  • refuse — Ⅰ. refuse [1] ► VERB 1) state that one is unwilling to do something. 2) state that one is unwilling to grant or accept (something offered or requested). 3) (of a horse) decline to jump (a fence or other obstacle). DERIVATIVES refusal noun refuser …   English terms dictionary

  • Refuse — Re*fuse , v. i. To deny compliance; not to comply. [1913 Webster] Too proud to ask, too humble to refuse. Garth. [1913 Webster] If ye refuse . . . ye shall be devoured with the sword. Isa. i. 20. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • refuse — [n] garbage debris, dregs, dross, dump, dust, hogwash*, junk, leavings, litter, muck, offal, rejectamenta*, remains, residue, rubbish, scraps, scum*, sediment, slop*, sweepings, swill, trash, waste, waste matter; concept 260 Ant. assets,… …   New thesaurus

  • Refuse — Ref use (r?f ?s;277), n. [F. refus refusal, also, that which is refused. See {Refuse} to deny.] That which is refused or rejected as useless; waste or worthless matter. [1913 Webster] Syn: Dregs; sediment; scum; recrement; dross. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Refuse — Ref use, a. Refused; rejected; hence; left as unworthy of acceptance; of no value; worthless. [1913 Webster] Everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. 1. Sam. xv. 9. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • refuse — I verb abjure, abnegate, abstain, balk, bar, be obstinate, be unwilling, beg to be excused, cast aside, debar, decline, demur, deny, disaccord with, disallow, disapprove, disavow, disclaim, discountenance, discredit, dismiss, disown, dispense… …   Law dictionary

  • refusé — ● refusé, refusée nom Candidat non admis à un examen. ● refusé, refusée (synonymes) nom Candidat non admis à un examen. Synonymes : ajourné collé (familier) recalé (familier) Contraires …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • refuse — refuse1 [ri fyo͞oz′] vt. refused, refusing [ME refusen < OFr refuser < LL * refusare < L refusus, pp. of refundere: see REFUND1] 1. to decline to accept; reject 2. a) to decline to do, give, or grant …   English World dictionary

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